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A podcast dedicated to those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make Trek into a cultural phenomenon, Mike Mann and Josh Bald probe the minds of writers, artists, technicians, and all manner of crew members who brought Trek to screens large and small.
 
Bald comedians Brian Huskey and Charlie Sanders interview bald performers, bald celebrities, and anyone bald about being bald. (And sometimes a hairy person might be in the mix.) While the conceit of the show is silly, the interviews and conversations are a platform for discussions about vulnerability, vanity, insecurity, and self image. That is just what happens when people have a good old fashioned Bald Talk.
 
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Iconic and accomplished actor Fred Melamed (WandaVision, A Serious Man) joins Brian and Charlie to discuss how the shag hair style is just a sophisticated mullet, how it feels to be told you will be bald at the age of 14, and that no matter how far you’ve come or what you’ve accomplished, you still feel like you’ve got fuzz in the front and shag in…
 
As we reach the halfway point of Tales From The Punchbowl, we encounter another Primus oddity. Hellbound is a unique track in the Primus catalogue, and drummer Zak Mendoza helps us understand just what in the world we're listening to and why Tim Alexander's left hand should be cast in gold. Also, you'll scream at Zak and Frankie for missing an obvi…
 
Bald super model Christie Valdiserri joins Brian and Charlie for a conversation about what it's like being the first bald model to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, founding her "Baldtourage", and breaking barriers in the modeling and dance world. They also discover that all three of them have done dramatic bald reveals on tel…
 
Tim Soya and Luke Bemand return to break down Space Farm and Josh's absolute favorite Primus track, Year of the Parrot. Luke breaks down the musical elements, and Josh inquires as to how one finds their authentic voice without being derivative of one's influences. Plus, Soya talked to Ler and Herb specifically for this episode and drops some nugges…
 
It's another foursome for Primus Tracks (we should start a charity golf tournament) - this time Josh, Frankie, and Soya welcome Luke Bemand of lespecial to dig into the bass line that gets latter-day Primus fans fired up. Soya provides more details about the Punchbowl album, and we're up to our old tricks with musical and lyrical analysis. Find les…
 
Rob Huebel zooms in to Bald Talk to join Brian and Charlie in a conversation about Rob originally dyeing his hair for an SNL audition, keeping even hair coloring on the road, laser combs, and the fact that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to symbolize American, not the bald eagle. Also Charlie apologizes to Rob for being mean to him on a recent zoom …
 
It's the best-known Primus Track of them all! Josh and Frankie call in reinforcements to discuss the depth and breadth of the impact the unexpected success of this single had on Primus, MTV, and pop culture. Also, Soya gives Josh his phone number. Inner Circle Achievement Unlocked! Find us @primustracks on Instagram and Twitter!…
 
The man behind Keith Apicary and the Dad Series, comedian and prodigious creator, Nathan Barnatt breaks down the trope of bald as pervert, tells some great ghost stories, and pitches that he might be Buster Keaton reincarnated. All three baldies remember the glory days of trashing the UCB theater. And Charlie has internet problems, finally taking t…
 
Josh Gondelman, fantastic stand-up comedian and producer for the late night show "Desus & Mero," joins Brian and Charlie to discuss early hair loss, people recognizing you only when you remove your hat for a bald reveal, and what a joy it is being a producer for "Desus & Mero." Also, Josh and Brian team up to ease Charlie's intense anxiety about th…
 
Ahoy! Senior bass analyst Louis Ortega helps us kick off Tales From The Punchbowl in style with a breakdown of the complex, mysterious Professor Nutbutter, which eventually turns into some fanboy fawning (damn you, Primus!). We get into the music, the lyrics, and the expansion of the Nutbutter story that was exclusive to the Punchbowl Enhanced CD f…
 
Tim Solyan drops into Primus Tracks World Headquarters to give us the backstory on the making of Tales From The Punchbowl, the record that cemented Primus in 1990s culture. Soya assisted in the studio and retains numerous minute details about the making of the record. All aboard Captain Shiner's Yacht for a special exploration of Primus in the stud…
 
Hilarious actress/stand up, Alice Wetterlund and her musician boyfriend, Garret Lang, couldn't be more in love! Alice admits how baldness used to be a deal breaker before meeting Garret and how the real issue might be that he plays jazz bass. A barrage of new bald terminology is generated, Garret's California style upbringing is examined, and Charl…
 
Elizabeth Gohr has taken live concert photos of numerous fantastic bands in the Bay Area, but she holds a special affinity for Primus - and it shows! Elizabeth discusses how to get the right shot of the band, the challenges of low lighting, and how to concentrate whilst trying to rock out. Visit Elizabeth at egohrphoto.com and @egohrphoto on facebo…
 
One of the great character actors of our time, as well as a writer and storyteller, Stephen Tobolowsky is truly a bald icon. He openly shares some of the most harrowing "going bald" tales ever told on the podcast, examines the personal advantages of baldness, and reveals some dark secrets about mechanic shops in the South. Brian's starstruck excite…
 
Mike Dillon joined Les Claypool's troupe for the Purple Onion album in 2002 and stuck around for the various incarnations of Claypool's band(s). He also joined Primus for the Wonka album and tour. As a touring and recording musician, Mike has crossed paths with dozens of luminaries, and somehow keeps a keen memory of tiny details from numerous tour…
 
Brian and Charlie get educated on a topic they've lived with for decades and have been doing a podcast about for months - baldness. Their guest this week is Dr. Justin E. Rome, a hair restoration surgeon who discusses his altruistic career move to help people struggling with baldness, the actual scientific reasons for baldness, and myths about hair…
 
Multi-instrumentalist Eenor (Frog Brigade, Yard Dogs Road Show) joins us to talk about the arc of his music career and his excellent run with Les and the Frog Brigade. He sheds light on many of the unusual instruments he brings to the table, and even plays some music for us! Find Eenor at eenor.bandcamp.com and eenor.com…
 
Josh and Frankie discuss two studio tracks recorded for compilations in 1993 and 1994. Poetry and Prose is a delightful meta-ditty, and Bastardizing Jellikit is the sleazy cousin of the rendition we all know from Suck On This. Take a big ol' bite of the cheese as Primus engages in "playing along" with their own popularity. @primustracks on Instagra…
 
We've reached the end of Pork Soda, and revel in its triumvirate of instrumental tracks that close this inimitable record. Hamburger Train dominates the discussion, as it actually has a live history and is an 8-minute marvel. We give live commentary on the final three tracks and bid a fond farewell to the liquid pig. @primustracks on Instagram and …
 
The vaudevillian track The Air is Getting Slippery is perhaps Primus at its most suggestive, and has the air of something sordid, but Frankie helps Josh navigate the sweaty overtures of the lyrics, and they're able to sort out all of the references in the lyrics. Plus, Larry LaLonde on the banjo? MORE PLEASE! @primustracks on instagram and twitter.…
 
Matt Walsh of Veep and co-founder of The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater discusses how his red hair is his more dominant trait than his bald head, the vicious bald insults his character Mike McLintock and Brian's character Leon West received on Veep, and how being bald is worse than being very tall. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www…
 
Hollywood's top wig maker, Amy Gibson, tells Brian and Charlie how not-traumatizing at all it was to start going bald at 13 while being a child soap opera star, tells the incredible tale of how she spun her character so as not to reveal her baldness, and gives some tips on how to get intimate if you're a bald woman. Learn more about your ad-choices…
 
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